Powerful Earthquake Shakes Philippines, Triggers Tsunami Alert

Philippines Earthquake
Philippines Earthquake - Image credit Reuters

Social media users have posted videos of the devastating effects of a strong earthquake that hit the Philippines on Saturday night.

The quake occurred at 10:37 p.m. local time on Saturday near the southern Philippines island of Mindanao and had a depth of 20 miles. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported a preliminary magnitude of 7.6 while the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology recorded a magnitude of 6.9, according to the Associated Press. No immediate damage or casualties have been reported, but authorities initially issued a tsunami warning.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warned that tsunami waves could affect the southern Philippines and parts of Indonesia, Palau and Malaysia, based on the magnitude and location of the quake. However, the warning was later lifted.

The Philippines is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions due to its position on the “Ring of Fire,” a belt of seismic activity around the Pacific Ocean.

Many people have shared their experiences of the earthquake on X, formerly Twitter, showing the damage and panic caused by the tremor.

MM News, an X account, posted a series of videos from different perspectives of the earthquake. One video showed water overflowing from a bathtub in a hotel room.

“Video from a hotel room during 7.6 magnitude earthquake in Philippines,” Miser Man News captioned the video.

Video shows the strength of tremors in #Philippines as south east Asian is rocked by series of earthquakes. X user said”